Dinner: Mushroom and crab stuffed avocados, grilled romaine and home made bread

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Photos from the backyard

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Apartments for friends

I recently looked at some apartments for friends, so If you family and stumbling upon this please ignore it ūüôā

 

Here is a recap of the photos I took.

Of the 2 Bedroom top floor corner…

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View from the private balcony looking south

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kitchen=  there is also a window on the left hand side wall that you cant see in the picture.  good light

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living room looking from the kitchen… the private balcony is just to the right of the picture

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private balcony sliding glass door

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on the balcony- 1st pic looking east 2nd (with Al in the picture) looking west.

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bedroom 1

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Bedroom 2

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bathroom

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bathroom sink and storage

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linen closet storage

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fireplace taken with my back to the bedrooms. Kitchen is on the right

 

Overall the size was good.  The exception being the bathroom.. it was kinda small

 

1Bedroom (he showed us an 8th floor unit so I dont know how others compare with balconies etc.)

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kitchen view from living room

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living room looking down the hallway to the bedroom and bath

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kitchen- nice sized!  there is room for a little table from where I was taking the photo and a nice big bay window

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bedroom with private balcony- again I dont know if the balconies in the 1bedrooms were only on the 8th floor.

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sink in bathroom

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another view

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hallway with great storage.

 

other units- he showed us a studio on the 8th floor that was kinda cool… one big room (that you could put a divider up in for two areas ) and it had a cool galley kitchen.

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The roof

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and the pool area- looks like its going to be nice with a BBQ grill area and 3 tiered deck

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Overall- I think its has a ton of potential- Its only about 6 blocks off of Colorado where there are a ton of restaurants (swing thai, starbucks, Chipolte and more) and I just heard they will be building a Trader Joes at the corner of Colorado and 8th so you would be very close to that.  

The only down side that I have to note is the size of the bathrooms… they were on the small side. but the kitchens are living areas are very nice sized. ¬†He showed us where the fitness center would be and said there will be garage parking for a premium.

 

Let me know what other questions you have.

 


Company

Had a great visit this past weekend from Paul, Carla and Henry!

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Succulents

Mandy first posted about these¬†succulent¬†center pieces and I figured “I can do that!”. ¬†So here is my attempt… they sell so many useful items at Michael’s Craft store- thats where I got these boxes!

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Home made Vanilla

Found a screaming deal on Vanilla beans here. And decided to make my own vanilla! ¬†Its been brewing in my cupboard since Christmas…I had four jars to start with, but have gifted two of them, so I only have 2 left!

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New craft room


Strawberries

I saw something recently on pinterest that caught my attention.  As has been well documented on this page, my yard and garden dont get a lot of sun. So when I saw these vertical planters I got an idea (also combined from this post) to plant strawberries and hang them on our west brick wall. So about 2 months ago I ordered 50 bare root strawberries, 25 June bearing and 25 ever bearing so there would be a good mix.  Then time passed and I forgot about them. All of a sudden they showed up in my mail box and I had to get them planted.  I bought a bunch of felt from Hobby Lobby and fashioned my own wall planter.  Below are photos of the process.

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And now they are starting to grow pretty good!  

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The ones in the garden are doing really well too and I have a TON of flowers and some little berries starting to form.

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How do you grow your strawberries so to keep the birds, bugs and squires off of them?

 


Easter Dinner

One good thing about the holidays is they put good cuts of meat on sale.  Picked up this bone in prime rib for $5.99 a pound.  Paired with asparagus and cheesy garlic mash potatoes- it was a wonderful meal!

Apple wood for the smoking. In hindsight I should have just done hickory cause its just a bit stronger.

The meat thermometer you see in this photo is one of my favorite Christmas presents!

Asparagus drizzled with black truffle oil, topped with Parmesan cheese and lemon zest.


Thinking of mom today and everyday….

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other peoples’ gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickles for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

by Jenny Joseph